Maybe say goodnight outside your child’s bedroom
The question for the parents is to decide what is acceptable and then explain, in detail, to your child/teenager how the room is expected to look and smell. The standard you expect has to be age appropriate.
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Assist your child to get the room to the level you expect it to stay. Work on the room together.
Make the room easy to maintain. For example have a laundry basket, a rubbish bin and organised shelves or containers. One container could be for paper and pens, the other for hats, the other for dvds etc.
Explain the consequences if the room is not kept to the standard explained. For example, you could say the room will be checked every Saturday and if the room is kept to standard you will vacuum the floor on the weekend. However, if the room fails to kept properly the child/teenager will vacuum their own room and other rooms in the house. Other privileges could be taken away such as ipods or sport privileges. The idea is not to take away a privilege like an ipod for too long..it is important to give opportunities for improvement. Maybe it just goes away until the room is cleaned.
Explain also the problem with keeping a smelly, dirty room. Food scraps invite mice and rats and cockroaches. And maybe go into great detail about rats chewing ipod cords and dvd cords and mobile phone cords etc!!!!
If the room is mostly tidy but one thing is a problem – like uneaten lunches being thrown in the cupboard or under the bed! A way to tackle this type of issue might be to talk about it as an issue on its own and not about the bedroom being involved. Maybe asked what is preferred for lunch. Explain that the only bins that can be used for food are the kitchen bins. Try and find out why the lunch isn’t being eaten. Maybe a reward system of tuckshop due to food being eaten and/or disposed of correctly.